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Tourism Performance

Tourism Performance in 2017

With the concerted efforts by the Government, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the travel trade, the implementation of the tourism initiatives in the past two years, as well as the improvement in the external environment, our tourism industry regained growth momentum. The total visitor arrivals rose by 3.2% in 2017 to reach about 58.5 million, concluding the consolidation in the preceding two years. Among which, overnight arrivals recorded a notable growth of 5.0%.

The table below summarises Hong Kong's tourism performance in 2017 -

vs. 2016
Total visitor arrivals 58 472 157 +3.2%
    - Overnight arrivals 27 884 543 +5.0%
    - Same-day arrivals 30 587 614 +1.6%
Average hotel occupancy rate 89% +2 percentage points
Average achieved hotel room rate HK$1,288 +0.1%
Average length of stay of overnight visitors 3.2 nights -0.1 night
Overnight visitor per capita spending HK$6,443 -2.4%
Total tourism expenditure
associated to inbound tourism
HK$296.7 billion +1.0%
Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Mainland, our largest source market accounting for 76% of our total arrivals, recorded a solid rebound of 3.9% in the number of visitors. With the stabilisation of downward pressure posed by the "one trip per week" measure on arrivals more than two years after its implementation, same-day Mainland arrivals increased mildly by 2.0%. Meanwhile, non-Mainland arrivals continued to grow by 1.1%, with visitors from the North Asian markets (including Japan and South Korea) surging by 9.4%.

Hong Kong's top ten visitor source markets in 2017 in the order of arrival numbers were the Mainland, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, United States, Macao, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and Thailand. Altogether they accounted for over 92% of the total visitor arrivals.

To attract more high-spending overnight visitors, we strive to bring more Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) events to Hong Kong and strengthen Hong Kong's image as Asia's cruise hub. In 2017, overnight MICE arrivals grew further by 1.9% to the all-time high of 1.93 million, while total cruise passengers throughput increased strongly by 33.4% to 0.9 million, alongside a 28.3% increase in total ships call to 245.